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The Oregon Water Resources Department Well Construction and Compliance Section is responsible for several program areas to ensure that wells are properly constructed so as to prevent contamination of Oregon's ground water resources; licensing of drillers, enforcement of well construction standards and keeping repository of well logs. Drilling wells and the data provided on well logs affects anyone using water from wells for domestic, municipal, industrial, environmental monitoring, or agricultural purposes. Visit Oregon Water Resources Department Groundwater to learn more.
Under Oregon law, all water is publicly owned. With some exceptions, cities, farmers, factory owners and other users must obtain a permit or water right from the Water Resources Department to use water from any source— whether it is underground, or from lakes or streams. Landowners with water flowing past, through, or under their property do not automatically have the right to use that water without a permit from the Department. Visit the Oregon Water Resources Department website to learn more about Oregon Water Law and applying for a water right.
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